Anderson to start for Mariners

Former Gold Coast defender Zac Anderson will make his starting debut for Central Coast when the Mariners host Brisbane in Gosford on Sunday.

Former Gold Coast United defender Zac Anderson will make his starting debut for Central Coast when the Mariners host Brisbane at Gosford on Sunday.

Anderson finally gets his chance to impress from the opening whistle with veteran Patrick Zwaanswijk suspended for the match at Bluetongue Stadium.

Anderson has been solid in several appearances off the bench and is itching to make the most of his chance against the Roar.

The 21-year-old's inclusion is expected to be Mariners coach Graham Arnold's only change following last week's draw against Melbourne Victory.

"I'm happy with what I've done when I've come on so far his season," Anderson said.

"You've always got to be ready when a chance comes along. I'm down the pecking order a bit so you've got to come on and try not to concede goals late on.

"It's hard to make an impact. This week I'm hoping to get a start."

Anderson will line up in central defence alongside fellow youngster Trent Sainsbury, who has been one of the Mariners' most consistent performers this season.

Arnold is confident the pair will do the job against the dangerous Roar attack, which showed promising signs in their 4-2 victory over Sydney last time out.

He has been impressed with Anderson since he signed with the club six months ago following the demise of Gold Coast.

"He's a good young professional," Arnold said of Anderson.

"I've got no doubt he'll come in and do a good job."